Popovich, 71, has been leading the San Antonio Spurs team since 1996. San Antonio basketball players did not enter the playoffs for the first time since 1997 and only for the second time under Popovich.
Popovich, who has taken Spurs to five NBA championships, suggested at the end of the season that he did not want to end his coaching career in the NBA. In addition, he has responsibilities in the U.S. national team to prepare for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
After Kenya Atkinson’s resignation, Jacques Won served as head coach of the Nets. ESPN reports that Nets general manager Sean Marx, who has worked with Popovich during his career, is seriously considering offering Won a full-fledged contract, while team stars Kevin Durant and Cairy Irving want to play for high-profile professionals like Popovich or Tyron Lou.
Meanwhile, The Athletic reports that Nets is interested in hiring Popovich as head coach and will consider doing so. The New York team will need permission from Spurs to start talks with Popovich.
“Nets” won five victories in eight sowing tournament games, led by Von, and took seventh place in the Western Conference. In the first round of the elimination tournament, the Nets conceded 0-4 with the Toronto Raptors.
Last year, Kurucs went to the field in four playoff games, in which he scored 6.3 points in an average of 17 minutes and won 5.0 balls under the baskets. He also participated in the same matches this season, averaging 5.5 points in less than 15 minutes and winning 3.3 rebounds.
In the regular championship of the 2019/2020 season, Cēsis played in 47 fights, in which he scored 4.6 points in an average of 14.5 minutes, won 2.9 rebounds and made 1.1 assists. This is a slightly more modest performance compared to the debut season, in which he scored 8.5 points in an average of 20.5 minutes in 63 duels, won 3.9 balls under the baskets and returned 0.8 assists.